Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Visual Storytelling Intensive

Date(s) - 11/11/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing, Room 106
5998 Alcalá Park, West Campus - San Diego, CA 92110

This intensive with New York Times best-selling cartoonist, author and illustrator Eric Shanower will delve into commicating story via text and visuals with a focus on comics and graphic novels. Principals covered are relevant for all as they will explore and reinforce the clarity of storytelling.


How do you choose the most effective moment of a scene to illustrate? How do you visually present your characters so that the reader will relate to them? How do you approach the idea of sequential art, whether you’re writing a comics script, graphic novel, or illustrating someone else’s text, so that the world of story springs to life for the reader?


Using the medium of comics and graphic novels Eric, Shanower will explore these questions and more. He’ll unlock the process of creating sequential art through demonstration and analysis of both his own work and the work of others. He’ll share the knowledge and experience gained from more than thirty years as a professional cartoonist—from tricks of the trade to thoughtful problem solving. We’ll also play a game to sharpen your sequential storytelling abilities


Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned practitioner at writing and drawing comics, this intensive will help hone your skills at thinking visually about how to tell a story.


Required Reading –  will give you an understanding of common terms and expectations in the industry – please read prior to the intensive. 


Optional Assignment – is described at  – It is helpful if you read the required reading prior to beginning the optional assignment. (All material is available at the same link) 


Eric will review all assignments emailed to him at by midnight November 3, 2017 – (see instructions at – and will anonymously pull from the submitted assignments during the intensive to illustrate key concepts. It’s a wonderful opportunity to play with story and potentially receive feedback. 


Those attending the Intensive will have the option for follow-up critiques by Shanower on their own projects.


There is a 60% discount for High School and College students with school ID. High School students must be accompanied by a paying adult. To activate the student discount coupon enter the word student 


Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze (Image Comics), retelling the story of the Trojan War. With cartoonist Skottie Young, he adapted six of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books to a series of New York Times best-selling graphic novels (Marvel Comics). He wrote the Eisner Award-winning comics series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (IDW) with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, based on the classic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. Shanower’s past comics work includes his own Oz graphic novel series, available as Adventures in Oz (IDW), the story “Happily Ever After” included in the Lambda Literary Award finalist How Beautiful the Ordinary (HarperCollins), and art for An Accidental Death by Ed Brubaker (Fantagaphics Books), The Elsewhere Prince by Moebius and R-JM Lofficier (Marvel), and Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor (Dark Horse Comics). In 1994 he co-founded—and through 2002 was co-publisher of—Hungry Tiger Press, which specializes in books and cds reprinting and continuing the works of Oz-creator L. Frank Baum. Shanower has illustrated for television, magazines, and children's books, two of which he wrote himself. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his partner, David Maxine.